Travel to Epping Forest
Just a short journey outside London
lies the ancient woodland known as Epping Forest, a former royal hunting ground that has long been popular with fans of outdoor pursuits. With a rich history that includes visits by royalty, highwaymen and artists, and plenty of peaceful trails for walking, running and cycling, it's a blissful place to escape from the bustle of the big city.
If you're planning a visit to the area – or maybe you commute from Epping Forest to London
– why not book yourself a car share to cut down on costs? You could meet new friends, save on petrol and get some tips on exploring this fascinating area!
An historic woodland
People have been using Epping Forest since prehistoric times, as is evidenced by the remains of Iron Age forts found at Loughton Camp and Ambresbury Banks. As a result, the area has loads of interesting historic attractions, such as Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge
, which was used by the Tudor monarchs and nowadays hosts an exhibit on their times, and Copped Hall
, an 18th century manor house currently undergoing restoration.
The quaint market town of Waltham Abbey
is also well worth a visit, with lots of listed buildings – not least of which is the impressive 12th century Waltham Abbey Church. Surprisingly, Epping Forest even caters to those interested in the history of science and technology – check out the Royal Gunpowder Mills
to learn about the history of firepower, or take a ride on a steam-powered heritage train on the Epping Ongar Railway
Outdoor adventures in Epping Forest
Epping Forest is a brilliant place to take part in outdoor activities right on London's doorstep. Set out on foot to explore sections of the Essex Way, an 81-mile route that winds along between Epping and Harwich
, or learn about the local plants and wildlife at the High Beach Forest Centre
, one of several gateways to the forest.
Adrenaline junkies can experience white water rafting, kayaking, canoeing and more at the Lee Valley White Water Centre
, or try their hand at mountain biking, horseback riding or even orienteering at various locations throughout the forest. You'll be astounded at just how much nature there is to enjoy just a short ride from London – so don't hesitate to book your lift share and reap the benefits of cheap travel between Epping Forest and London!